Four Russian pilots took off last month from Moscow in a pair of Robinson R66 turbine singles for a 30,000-nm round-trip to New Zealand taking them over Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and various Pacific islands en route followed by a return flight that transits through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Ukraine. The pilots anticipate making 85 takeoffs and landings at 78 airports.
StandardAero has completed a license agreement with Rolls-Royce that designates the company’s Singapore facility an authorized maintenance repair and overhaul center (Amroc) for RR300 helicopter engines. The authorization follows an RR300 Amroc agreement signed in December with StandardAero’s facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Robinson Helicopter received EASA certification for its R66 on Wednesday, four years after the FAA approved the turbine helicopter. With this latest approval, Robinson said it is now able to begin delivering R66s in its current backlog of European orders and focus on strengthening its presence in this market. Two-thirds of the company’s sales typically come from non-U.S.
Robinson Helicopter has delivered its 500th R66 five-seat turbine single three-a-and-a-half years after receiving FAA certification.
The 500th helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia, and will be on display at the Heli-Russia Exhibition in Moscow from May 22 to 24. In April last year Aviamarket pilots landed R66 S/N 0040 at the North Pole and in September the company organized a successful, six-week around-the-world expedition using two R66s.
New Zealand-based Spidertracks announced a significant OEM endorsement for its low-cost flight tracking system at Heli-Expo 2014, with Robinson Helicopter now offering the Bluetooth text-enabled Spider S5 as an option on the R22, R44 and R66 models. The agreement marks the first time a rotorcraft manufacturer has offered the portable Spidertracks system from the factory.
“Robinson realized that our system offered significant advantages over competing tracking solutions,” Hannes Geiger, North American communications spokesman for Spidertracks, told AIN.
Robinson Helicopter (Booth No. 5226) is displaying its new line of standard and optional glass-panel avionics options for all its helicopter models here at Heli-Expo.
The Garmin GTR 225B is now the standard com radio on all models. The company points out that it satisfies the new KHz channel spacing regulations. The GMA 350H audio panel is now standard for dual com installations.
Kurt Robinson was generally upbeat about the prospects for his family’s iconic helicopter company, Robinson Helicopter, during a press conference yesterday at Heli-Expo. Last year, the company delivered its 11,000th helicopter and it will soon deliver its 500th R66 single-engine turbine ship. Production currently stands at two to three R66s, five R44s and one R22 per week.
Kurt Robinson was generally upbeat about the prospects for his family’s iconic helicopter company, during yesterday’s Heli-Expo press conference. Last year the company delivered its 11,000th helicopter and it will soon deliver its 500th R66 single-engine turbine ship. Production currently stands at two to three R66s, five R44s and one R22 per week.
CEO Kurt Robinson said he is focusing on keeping his family’s helicopter company “lean and mean to provide a good product at a competitive price” to bring value to its customers. “We’re going to keep our pencils sharpened,” he told AIN. Robinson Helicopter posted another strong year in 2013, producing 523 helicopters, up from 517 in 2012 and a long climb from the 2010 rate of 162. As was the case in 2012, the piston-powered R44 continues to be the top seller, with 289 produced in 2013; but the $839,000 turbine-single R66, with 192 already delivered, remains the company cash cow.
Robinson Helicopter posted another solid year in 2013, but it could have been even better had the U.S. dollar not surged against select foreign currencies. That’s the word from company CEO Kurt Robinson. “This year  is almost identical to last year ,” said Robinson, whose company produced 517 helicopters across its product line in 2012. Preliminary production numbers for the company that do not include the closing days of 2013 indicate it produced 39 R22s, 80 R44 Raven Is, 198 R44 Raven IIs and 188 R66 turbine singles.
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